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Communicable Diseases

Communicable diseases are those diseases that can be transmitted from one person to another, or from animals or insects to humans. The NSW Public Health Act 2010 requires that certain medical conditions be notified to the Director-General, NSW Ministry of Health. The majority of notifiable diseases and conditions that require reporting are communicable diseases, and a full list can be found at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Pages/notification.aspx.

The Public Health Unit receives notifications of communicable diseases from medical practitioners, pathology laboratories, hospital Chief Executives, and primary schools, residential care facilities and child care centres.  Our communicable diseases team follows up notifications of communicable diseases as per NSW Ministry of Health Protocols, found at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/controlguideline/Pages/default.aspx

Legislation

  • NSW Public Health Act 2010
  • NSW Public Health Regulation 2012

Available via: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/nsw/

Links to current and previous communicable diseases reports can be found in here.